It was formally announced on 18 November that Justice Tirath Singh Thakur will succeed current CJI HL Dattu as the Chief Justice of India (CJI). According to the government, Thakur will be appointed with effect from December 3.
The soft-spoken judge, who keeps praising the virtues of Indian richness as a way of life, will have a tenure of one year and a month. Justice Thakur, who will be the 43rd CJI, is likely to take several crucial decisions on new judicial appointments in the high courts.
Justice Thakur, 63, has indicated that he would spare no efforts in cleaning up the system. The intent was on display earlier this month, when he was named by outgoing CJI as his successor.
Justice Thakur said that, he wouldn’t put up with any kind of interference in the justice delivery mechanism. It may be noted he had upheld a Madras High Court order calling the Central Industrial Security Force to stop warring lawyers and ensure the court’s smooth functioning.
Dealing with vital cases, such as Vyapam and Saradha scams, his bench will also decide the fate of Sahara chairperson Subrata Roy. Roy is cooling his heels in jail after failing to obey a court order to deposit thousands of crores with the Securities Exchange Board of India to pay the group’s bondholders.
Justice Thakur is exploring the option of appointing a receiver to sell off the Sahara properties so as to recover the money.
He also averted a recent demand by Jain groups for a meat ban, saying such things cannot be forcibly implemented in a country like India.